Friends of Giants
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Friends of Giants

Tampa, Florida, United States | SELF

Tampa, Florida, United States | SELF
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"Concert Review"

...Up next was a band from my neck of the woods, Friends of Giants (pictured above), from St. Petersburg (aka. the best city in Florida). As they took the stage (all 5 members), I was taken aback by the amount of instruments that were set up — drums, electric and acoustic guitars, a bass, a keyboard, a tambourine, a fiddle or violin (I can never tell the difference), a banjo, a harmonica, and a freaking xylophone!

My opinion may be biased, due to the whereabouts of these rockers, but I am in love with this band!I would describe them like a glass of ice-cold lemonade on a hot summers day … gulp, ahhhh. Refreshing. Their music is was a lovely blend of indie and New Wave folk flavored with a hint of pop rock. The songs were slow and sleepy one minute, with enchanting electric guitar riffs, then fast and wide awake the next, with heart-pounding drums.

Did I mention they had a xylophone? They did.

One female member contributed beautiful harmonies over already-pleasing lead vocals. The songs were catchy, but not in the style of most of those bands that grace us with their presence from time to time (when they’re not busy shooting MTV music videos and posing for Teen Vogue). Keep an eye on these guys, I have high hopes for their future....





- Creative Loafing


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Still working on that hot first release.

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Friends of Giants is an acoustic based, new-folk rock band from Tampa, FL formed in 2008. Friends of Giants has had the pleasure of opening for Lovedrug, Sara Haze, Trevor Hall, Jabob Jeffries Band, All the Day Holiday, Abandon Kansas, O’ Brother and John Nolan. In 2010, Friends of Giants look forward to recording and releasing an EP of all new music while continuing to build and expand their already strong fan base.

Jacob Cunningham: Jacob began playing music as a child, beginning with guitar. By the age of 15, he had become a seasoned guitarist, forming and fronting several bands as singer,
songwriter and guitarist. For the past 20 years, although primarily a guitarist, he has developed as a skilled multi-instrumentalist, playing banjo, keys, violin, harmonica, drums, percussion and
bass. Jacob is the primary songwriter and lead vocalist, as well as the founder of Friends of Giants.

Amber Long: Amber, a multi-instrumentalist in her own right, she has been primarily a vocalist and pianist since childhood, but has expanded her range with Friends of Giants to include lap
harp, melodica, harmonium, glockenspiel (bells?) and even, occasionally, percussion. Her soft, lilting harmonies provide the perfect complement to Jacob's lead vocals and melody lines.

Dave Emmert: Playing lead guitar, banjo, and percussion while also providing background vocals, Dave is one of the founding members of Friends of Giants. His contributions on guitar
are inventive and haunting at the same time. Dave has been playing for over 10 years and a vocalist since he was a young child.

Tim Ostrander: Tim is a self-taught musician that specializes in keys and bass. He got his start in music at a young age when he began playing tuba and bass trombone in his High School
marching band. Tim joined Friends of Giants in 2009, where his accentuating keys and background vocals have become elemental to the band’s sound.

Micha Neubauer: A native of Hamburg, Germany, Micha relocated to the Tampa Bay area in 2009 and joined Friends of Giants in 2010. He has been playing drums and percussion for
over 20 years and his professional resume includes recording sessions with Wendla as well as touring stints with Josh Ottum and The Rodeo Five.